I enjoyed arts and crafts as a child and young adult and experimented with different mediums, but didn’t really find my niche until a friend introduced me to an online community of artists that manipulated screen shots of 3D images created in the virtual world Second Life to look like traditional artwork. I was mesmerized and captivated. Since then, I have been experimenting with digital art, photo-manipulation, and collage techniques. From figure art I moved to abstracts, and began manipulating my photos into abstract works. Eventually, I found the courage to start “from scratch,” digitally painting using basic shapes and filters available in graphic arts applications.
Many of my fine art pieces are square, both because I like the symmetry and because the thumbnails display properly online where my work is primarily displayed and sold. In addition to creating art prints, my most recent challenge and area of study is increasing the value of digital fine art by transforming it into surface patterns for textiles. Some of my favorite inspirational artists are Wassily Kandinsky, Charley Harper, Loui Jover, and Minjae Lee.
My former career experience was primarily in financial services client service, and my formal education is in English education. My desire currently is to network with others who are also experiencing a transition from their first career to one in the arts, and to share resources for doing that successfully.
I earned my Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK in 1990. Later, I attended the University of Phoenix Online where I earned a Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) in 2004, specializing in Adult Education and Distance Learning.
When I’m not drawing, I enjoy studying natural medicine, cold-brewing coffee, trading Coca-Cola collectibles, and shopping at garage sales.